First Lady Letitia Christian
Aged: 51.8 years
Letitia was the daughter of a Virginia Planter. She was an invalid when Tyler became president and made only one public appearance at her daughter, Elizabeth's marriage in 1842. She died in the White House. (Sherwood Forrest.org/Genealogy.html)
Letitia Christian was raised on a Virginia plantation, where her main duty was supervising the slaves. She had no formal education, and was by most accounts devoutly religious. She was engaged to John Tyler, the son of Virginia's Governor, for five years, and he once told his friends he had first kissed her -- on the hand -- a few weeks before they were married.
After giving birth to eight children over the following decades, she suffered a stroke at the age of 49, which left her unable to walk. When... Read More